People Are Talking About This Receipt for the Wrong Reason Again

November 11th 2015

Alex Mierjeski

A waitress' Facebook response to a $0 tip she received recently during a service shift at a Centerville, Ohio restaurant is going viral.

On November 7, Jessica Morris waited on a honeymooning couple, according to a since-deleted Facebook post that has been reprinted by local news sites. Morris pointed out in the post that successful waitressing requires good humor and friendliness towards customers—qualities she thought were on full display that night. 

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But when she picked up the couple's check, Morris found a passive aggressive quip next to the empty tip line reading, "He's my husband, find your own. Good luck :)." 

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Morris took to Facebook to leave a "life tip" of her own to the customer, whom she referred to as Jenny, explaining that not only is she a newlywed herself—but also servers live off of tips.

"Have pride in yourself and your relationship with YOUR husband to where you don't need to put another down to bring yourself up," Morris wrote. "Especially a server who lives off her tips and needs them to help her husband pay bills." 

Servers explain sexual harassment.

Posted by ATTN: on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The post (which you can read below) was deleted, but KFOR notes that it was shared more than 50,000 times. Voyeurism aside, the exchange highlights a disturbing fact for tipped workers in the restaurant industry: an employee's ability to afford basic expenses like bills is often at the whim of the petty, fickle—and in this case, misinterpretive—tendencies of customers, not a guaranteed hourly income.

Servers who receive tips often get a much lower wage than the federal minimum of $7.25—generally about $2.13 an hour—since customer tips are supposed to make up the difference. Low-wage workers, including those whose tips are supposed to make up a living wage, often rely on public assistance programs at a substantial cost to taxpayers

Servers' reliance on customer tips also poses an acute problem for female servers, 9 out of 10 report being subjected to sexual harassment on the job. "The restaurant industry is the single-largest source of sexual harassment charges to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, absolutely crushing sectors with a rate of five times higher than any other industry," Maria Myotte, communications coordinator for the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, told ATTN: in April.

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"You can pretty much ask anyone in the restaurant industry and they’ll tell you that dealing with being groped, uncomfortably hit on, being told to wear tight clothes and show more cleavage, and even currying favor with your managers and co-workers to get the best shifts for tips—that’s all just ‘part of the job,’" Myotte continued.

Morris' viral tip doesn't necessarily reflect this reality, but it certainly shows the framework that enables it. 

Some restaurants—even full-service businesses like Joe's Crab Shack—have experimented with abolishing tipping in order to guarantee workers more consistent, livable wages, and low-wage worker demonstrations have gained national attention in recent years. On Tuesday, the largest demonstrations to date took place in hundreds of cities nationwide. Protesters sought to bring attention to their potential power as a voting bloc, congregating outside the fourth GOP debate in Milwaukee Tuesday night. 

Leading Republicans said they oppose raising the wage, while leading Democrats support it. 

Ben Carson vs. Ben Carson on the minimum wage.

Posted by ATTN: on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Full text of the original Facebook post: 


I don't typically talk about work this way, but this needs to be shown/addressed. Mainly because it's hysterical but partially because I'm offended lol

Anywho, today I had a table of 4 come in. Two couples. The one told me they were there to celebrate part of their honeymoon, which I replied "oh I just got married last month, congratulations." I assumed they heard me, and we proceeded with the whole "what can I get you" yada yada yada.

Well, as anyone SHOULD know, waitressing is a personable job. To make money you have to be nice, and show you personality. As all of you should know, since you know me, I'm a personable, sarcastic a**hole in the nicest way possible. So ofcourse I let that shine in my job, and at EVERY table.

So, this lady (Jenny) and her husband place their order and she asks me what my name is. I tell her "Jessica" she responds with, "oh, we don't really like that name. Can we call you Jess" and I laughed and said "yeah, you can call me anything you want. I'll even respond with a**hole." In which her husband laughs and proceeds to call me that throughout the whole experience we had as server and guests.

I assumed everything was fine, because they were laughing and having a good time. Well I cash out their check, tell them have a good night and to come back. When I come back from singing "happy birthday" to another guest, the couple and company have left, and on one ticket they tipped me $4, well Jenny decided I did not deserve a monetary tip, so she wrote me a nice note, with a $0 tip saying "he's my husband, find your own. Good luck. :) "
And I want to add, Jenny stole my one pen, which she knew was my last because I had apologized that I only had the one to share between the two tickets at the table.

So, Dear Jenny,
I would like you to know, the server that was in the section across from mine, that I kept talking to and checking on throughout the time of you sitting at my table IS MY HUSBAND. Which I found on my own, and looks better than yours. Also, I would like you to know that I'm sorry MY HUSBAND treated me to a cruise for my honeymoon and not a restaurant. As well as, MY HUSBAND would never let me feel so insecure that I would feel the need to write such a terrible note to a server and make them feel the way you have.
So Jenny, here's a life tip for you from me, your insecurity as a woman is heartbreaking. Have pride in yourself and your relationship with YOUR husband to where you don't need to put another down to bring yourself up. Especially a server who lives off her tips and needs them to help her husband pay bills. Also, Jenny, I hope you like the pen, because it's my present to you. One NEWLYWED to another.

P.S - my husband said you can sit in his section next time that way you won't have to be so worried about your husband "flirting" with a server :). Maybe you'll see his ring a little better than you saw mine.

Signed, Jessica
The woman you offended by thinking so lowly of, that I would attempt to flirt with a man who is with his wife.